5 Fall Perennials You Can’t Kill

Renee Valdes
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Purple coneflower

When you plant these five hardy perennials this fall, you’ll not only get lots of color but your blooms will thrive season after season. These workhorse perennials can tolerate various extremes, including drought and cold weather.

Just plant the blooms in the sun, fertilize and add mulch in fall and again in spring, and watch the return of color and texture in your garden without fail year after year.

Five Easy Care Fall Perennials:

Coneflower. Known as echinacea (pictured above), coneflower typically grows 2 to 5 feet tall. This easygoing perennial works well as a companion plant.

Though coneflower thrives in full sun, it can tolerate some shade. These beauties make excellent cut flowers and attract birds and butterflies to your garden. If you have time to deadhead the spent blooms, these flowers last until the first frost.


Stonecrop Sedum

Stonecrop sedum. This dependable succulent brings amazing beauty to your garden with star-shaped whitish-pink flowers that eventually turn red. Some varieties provide great ground cover while others grow up to 3 feet tall. Sedum spreads and is also easy to propagate by cutting a stem and replanting in a new location. 


Coreopsis. This perennial is extremely tolerant to heat. Known also as tickseed, these blooms form in clumps and multiply to fill up your garden. Picking off dead blooms promotes an abundance of flowers. You can’t go wrong with this perennial.


Shasta daisy. This hardy, sun-loving flower plays well in your garden with daylily, rudbeckia and ornamental grasses. Daisies spread easily and make great border blooms. They can survive under almost any condition in your garden so long as they have sun.

Rudbeckia Black Eyed Susans

Rudbeckia. Also known as black-eyed Susans, these daisy-like flowers attract butterflies and easily multiply in your garden. They are low-maintenance and extremely drought tolerant. Plant in masses as a border or in a container with ornamental grasses.

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